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Turning Bystanders into First Responders

Stop the Bleed West Des Moines is the first city in Iowa to participate in the national Stop the Bleed program. Stop the Bleed was launched in 2015 to train and equip people who might find themselves involved in an emergency situation where a person has serious bleeding. With the proper tools and knowledge, a person can stop life-threatening bleeding....

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WINTER WEATHER UPDATE

January 16, 2017: 6:07 AM Our Johnston clinic will not be opening until 1 PM. All other clinics open normal business hours.        

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Holiday Tips

Some quick holiday tips from Internist, Dr. Danney Drewry Can you believe it? It’s that time of the year again… Yep – the holidays. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or Hanukah, these holidays bring special meaning to us. In the spirit of holiday giving, I would like to provide a few quick tips to keep you healthy and happy...

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Trick-or-Treat Safety

Quick tips to stay safe this Halloween!   Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.   Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.   Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.   Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount...

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Don’t Ignore a Lump

Having fibrocystic breasts made it easy for Vicki Haley to dismiss lumps as cysts. Written By: BJ Towe Vicki Haley, 60, of Ankeny found a lump in her breasts when she was about 30 years old. After it was removed by lumpectomy, she learned she had fibrocystic breast disease, a noncancerous condition in which fibrous tissue or fluid-filled cysts form...

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“Healthy” With Cancer

Like many healthy women, Janna Foels, 46, delayed having her first mammogram. “I was one of those people who kept thinking ‘I’m healthy; I don’t really need to get a mammogram,’” says Janna Foels of Urbandale. Last year at the urging of her Family Medicine physician, Robert Lee, M.D., “I thought it was truly time I go get this taken care...

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Two Weeks from Diagnosis to Surgery

Like many women, West Des Moines’ Courtney Bell, 35, didn’t perform the recommended monthly self-exams on her breasts. But on a Saturday morning in October 2013, something told her she should. “I was changing the batteries in my smoke detectors and thought, ‘What else should I be doing?’” she says. She headed to her bedroom, stood in front of the...

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Treating Allergies Safely – The EpiPen Dilemma

The Great EpiPen Dilemma There has been a great deal of media attention given to the price of the EpiPen in the recent weeks. The EpiPen is used for patients who suffer from an anaphylactic reaction to different allergens, from shellfish to nuts to drug reactions. As many have seen, the price of the EpiPen has risen dramatically and has...

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Central Iowa’s First Med-Peds Physician Joins The Iowa Clinic

Dr. Ryan Tomlinson provides primary care for patients from birth to advanced ages with complex cases. By BJ Towe Ryan Tomlinson, M.D., is a primary care physician with unusual credentials: He’s board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds), meaning he’s trained to care for patients throughout their lives. In addition to caring for otherwise healthy children and adults, Dr. Tomlinson...

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Prostate Health

What every man should know By BJ Towe Located in front of a man’s rectum and just below his bladder, the prostate gland is part of the reproductive system and produces semen. When a man is around age 25, this gland is about the size and shape of a walnut. But then it begins to grow – and for many...

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